Shane Bond May 11, 2010

Bond advises rest and rotation for quicks

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand quick bowler Shane Bond has said there is a danger of losing more fast bowlers from Test cricket unless boards and team managements rest them periodically.

"Bowlers are almost going to be like pitchers, where you play a game and sit out the next, because of the amount of cricket played these days," Bond told Cricinfo. "I worry that fast bowlers are going to withdraw from Test cricket early to play limited-overs cricket."

New Zealand's often-injured pace spearhead, who retired from Test cricket last year, said Australia were possibly the only team in a position to give their fast bowlers a break. "They win more than they lose. They seem to rotate bowlers even during series and still win. People tend to forget they are resting and rotating and giving guys a week off here and there. A lot of the other teams, because they are struggling to win 50-50, are just playing their best team all the time, and they suffer when there are injuries.

Bond turned out for Kolkata Knight Riders in the recent IPL and is now on show in the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. He tipped the short format to develop as a showcase for fast bowlers. "You are not risking injury [in Twenty20] like you would when bowling eight- to nine-over spells, which sometimes can be dangerous."

Bond said his laziness as a teenager was to blame for the repeated breakdowns for which he became notorious over an all-too-short Test career. "The thing that hurt me the most was, I was really lazy in my late teens. Because of that, I got a lot of back problems. So I missed a lot of years from 17 to 23. I never had a good base for bowling. I just lacked it.

"I went away from cricket, and then I am back and all of a sudden bowling proper fast. I went from a little bit of cricket to international cricket, where I am bowling fast. That catch-up was too much. The difference in intensity at domestic and international levels is massive and people don't appreciate how big it is."

He ruled out a return to Tests but said younger bowlers could continue in the format as long as they managed their comebacks from injuries wisely. "I still see it now when I play with guys who are injured and they want to be back for a game that is, say, six weeks down the line. You've just got to come back when you are fully fit. Too many people - and I have made the mistake in the past - sometimes rush back to make a tour or a series even when they are not a 100% fit. You are better off taking it step by step."

Bond said the decision to quit Tests had been hard for him because he had badly wanted to get to 150 wickets in the format. "When I came back against Pakistan, I felt I had the opportunity once again to achieve those goals, and then, bang, I got injured. It was demoralising.

"Test cricket is about getting people out and that's what I do: I got people out. A lot of goals I wanted to achieve were built around Test cricket, but I am also a realist. I realised every time I played four- or five-day cricket, I broke if I played few games on the bounce. It is just the way I played: I find it difficult to hold back. I just go hard. It hurt me."

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  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    It's sad to see another genuine fast bowler leaving the game. But it was always a treat to watch Shane Bond in full flow. Still remember his devastating yorker to dismiss Sourav Ganguly in world cup 2003. Shane Bond can be looked up to by the future breed of fast bowlers as an inspirration. He has a wonderful run-up, a lethal yorker and a devastating bouncer. We will all miss you Shane !!

  • srinath on May 14, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Guess every now and then IPL is being blamed or compared.I wonder "If the guys talking here for natinal pride will take up cricket given only the jercy to play for the country and left without any perks!".Everyone out here is to earn our bread and butter I wouldnt mind going for an additional egg for my breakfast!

  • Paul on May 14, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    A REST. You are joking. Bond played a total of 18 tests. EIGHTEEN! a total of sixty eight first class matches in all, and in every test, FC match, ODI, T20 , International T20 and domestiv limited overs game he bowled less than three and half thousand overs in 15 years. ABout 250 overs a year, or 4 balls a day.

    Yes their was practice and nets and training, but overall, despite being an excellent pace bowler, Bond bowled hardly any overs at all. If he had more of a rest he wouldn't have bowled at all.

    Compare that with Walsh, Ambrose, McGrath, Akram, Younis, Zaheer, even Malinga..and his workload looks very low indeed (incidentally, he played alongside or against all of those I have just named - it's not a "different era" thing)

    Bond was injury prone. He bowled very little - Simple as.

  • Neeraj on May 14, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    @Ruri--I agree with u for england...but frankly speaking new zealand play very less cricket..Their home serioes also consists of 2 to 4 tests which is not that much..And u can chekc how less they tour through out the year and check the total no of matches played by their bowlers..

  • Geoff on May 14, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Whatever Shane Bond achieved or failed to achieve in his fast-bowling career there's one that can NEVER be taken away from him. He earned by dint of performance the greatest of respect from Australia. That says it all really.

  • jasdeep on May 13, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    bond if you dont wanna play dont play and let others play

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 7:03 GMT


    Dear Friend let me make my self a lil more clear...we know that all fast bowlers are more likely to get unfit then any other pro of the game and some bowlers are unfortunately are more prone to injuries like shoaib akhter, nehra & bond himself...what my point is you must keep yourself away from injuries by playing selective games...u r less likely to get injured by playing 5 matches then by playing in 15 matches...its simple probability choose 15 matches of IPL and took more risk of getting injured and never complaint about it ....and when it comes to wearing your national jersey he start talking about his fitness and injuries...that is in my view is very selfish...he should either zip his lips and played the game with same intent as he was playing in IPL or he should have kept himself away from IPL to keep himself available for his real duty...

  • Senthil on May 12, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    The name is BOND! What a bowler. We cannot get enough of him, unfortunately. But he's doing the right thing conserving his body, which is kind of fragile, admittedly due to his lazy physical regimens when he was 17-23! Kids take note - you want to stay long in sports, get fit early, get strong early, and stay that way. Those complaining about other people making too much money - just shut up! You would if you could.

  • bharath on May 12, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    To ali naqvi,In the article,Bond expressed his anxiety about teams losing quicker ones due to the lack of fitness and ability to withstand the longer format. He was complaining about world cup. And Bond is a real class act. May be he wasn't too professional and didn't take the return programmes from injuries seriously, but I have never seen him bowl less than 100 % percent. When he played, he was a breathe of fresh air. One of the true fast bowlers of the times. Plus he had a nice conventional swing and hit the deck with full venom. And someone said, he was inconsistent. Please elaborate. He was always injury-prone, but never inconsistent. Now it's Dale Steyn who takes the pacer of the earth from Bond and Mohammad Aamer is waiting in the wings. Long live true fast bowlers. Come on, give those flat track bullies who call themselves batsmen chin music...!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Not agreed with you Mister Bond... You played a whole tiring and hectic season of IPL and u never complaint about it ....5 matches of WorldT20 with proper gap between each match makes you so tired that you are worried about being unfit...i know NZ cricket board is not paying you 750k for 15 matches...but you must remember that NZ gives you the opportunity to make money and more importantly to wear their colour...

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